Monday, May 13, 2019

Sally Thorne's 99 Percent Mine

You guys. You guys! Sally Thorne's The Hating Game was a favorite of 2017. I've already reread three, four times? I love it enough to say that I was wicked impatient for Thorne's next offering and to my utter dismay, it really, really didn't land with me.

99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
William Morrow Paperbacks, 2019
Copy via the library

Everything about this one just disappointed, from the characters to the plot. Our heroine's obstacle to her HEA? Her own twin brother (who we're actually supposed to like, I think).

Let me go back. Characters: super flat. Premise: kind of not there, and also, dreary. Sexual tension: really, nonexistent. I mean, we're told our hero and heroine are super into each other but since the characters are just these flimsy frames, whether they figure it out or not just didn't have emotional resonance for me.

And the whole Alpha Male thing with our hero -- who is otherwise a lovely human but turns into A Savage Animal for our heroine -- was so off-putting. It's 2019, yo, can we have less toxic masculinity? Not to mention the misogyny rampant in our heroine, who hates all women save for her bestie and the hero's ex (once it's clear she's an ex). Less of that, too, please.

And so many emotional moments were breezed over in favor of the very tiresome and very boring heroine-has-nearly-fatal-medical-condition-that-she-stubbornly-ignores-so-everyone-has-to-baby-her plot thread.

Deeply disappointing read. I bumped this two stars on Goodreads solely for the epilogue to The Hating Game, but it actually only made me more bitter about this one.

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